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The Hirshon South African Grilled Cheese – Braaibroodjie

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  • 8 slices white bread
  • 4 tbsp. (2 oz.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar (8 1/2 oz.) or try 1 1/2 cups cheddar mixed with 1/2 cup gruyere
  • 1 large heirloom tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 sweet Vidalia or Walla Walla onion, very thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp. Major Grey’s-style chutney, or another sweet and sour chutney mixed with 1 tbsp. Branston Pickle, whirred together in the food processor until relatively smooth
  • 8 leaves of fresh basil


  1. Prepare a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, brush one side of each bread slice with the melted butter.
  2. Lay the bread, buttered side down, on a work surface. Divide the cheese between 4 slices, then top with 1 slice each of tomato and onion; season well with salt and pepper to taste and cover with 2 leaves of basil.
  3. Spread the chutney mix over the remaining slices of bread, then place them chutney side down atop the sandwiches.
  4. Using a grill basket if desired, grill, turning once, until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side. Serve at once!
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  • Category: Recipes


  • Calories: 576.32 kcal
  • Sugar: 14.3 g
  • Sodium: 732.35 mg
  • Fat: 35.82 g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.54 g
  • Trans Fat: 1.26 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.45 g
  • Fiber: 3.33 g
  • Protein: 22.86 g
  • Cholesterol: 97.8 mg

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